16 Favorite Food Movies and Food-Centric Scenes of Valley Chefs

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Chef Deborah Schneider, Sol Cocina Restaurant
Big Night, of course -- the scene where the chef offers to put "a nice hot dog" on the menu to accommodate American tastes.

Joe Johnston, Restaurateur
I prefer food movies that use food and eating as a metaphor and also have a tasty dose of humor. Tampopo by Juzo Itami is my choice. The core of the plot is about a truck driver helping a young widow improve her ramen shop. There are lots of subplots and quirky stuff in this very funny movie.

Romeo Taus, Chef and Owner, Romeo's Euro Cafe
You'll get the irony! The diner scene in Five Easy Pieces.

Chef Theresa Wille, 32 Shea
Love the Christmas dinner scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation when the turkey deflates, the jello is made with cat chow and the dog chokes on the bone. Classic!

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Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

Love Big Night when the finally give in cook the meal for friends w/o Prima, all of Tampopo & Eat Drink Man Woman but CAN NOT believe no mention of the feast in Babettes Feast. Simply marvelous food.


What about you Laura? You're quite the movie connoisseur...what is your favorite.

Rebecca Golden
Rebecca Golden

Seriously I was cracking up, Oh Tommy Boy. Also love the Godfather scene where he's cutting garlic with a razor. Oh the good ole days :) Thanks Laura Hahnefeld for mentioning 32 Shea!

Natalie Morris
Natalie Morris

Yes! Love this. Agree with The Birdcage and Big Night, especially. Those were great movies to study food on film.

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